AAA Editor Notes
LeMay—America's Car Museum is n. of I-5 exit 133 (I-705 to the E. 26th St. exit) at 2702 E. D St., just w. of the Tacoma Dome. The 9-acre campus is a technologically advanced, interactive automotive and education center built around a collection of more than 3,000 motor vehicles amassed by Tacoma businessman and car enthusiast Harold LeMay.
The museum's centerpiece is the four-level, 165,000-square-foot main building. This cavernous, wood-ribbed space showcases hundreds of contemporary and futuristic cars with brand names that span the more than 100-year history of the automobile. The four floors are accessed by ramps on each side of the showroom; walk down all four ramps on one side and back up the ramps on the opposite side so as not to miss any of the gleaming machines on display. Exhibits and vehicles are rotated regularly.
The Car Care Center is a garage area with multiple bays where visitors can view museum vehicles being preserved and prepared for displays, exhibits and events. An interactive zone features a racing simulator and hands-on activities, including a slot car track. The 3.5-acre Show Field is a multipurpose outdoor venue for car shows, auctions, swap meets, car club events, concerts and new model launches. It also is the home of the Pacific Northwest Concours d'Elegance, a prestigious competition in which vehicles are judged on their outward appearance.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.